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Poster: He Live's Date: Apr 24, 2008 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books -- give it up Phil!

i sort of agree with you on phil's book -- after reading the parrish and rock scully efforts, which at least were lively with explicit detail - you may choose to take them with a grain of salt, or not.

phil's book was not very colorful. and really, i don't think he went out any limbs, gave any new insight -- and this is coming from someone that i think invented a new role for bass in popular music and more, was at the fulcrum of an unparalleled cultural phenomenon -- the LSD movement and by extension The Grateful Dead.

i mean, this guy has seen some Shit go down, and has MADE SOME SERIOUS SHIT go down too -- but he only tells us about being a pathetic alcoholic during the hiatus years, jonesing for another tour with The Dead -- and he tells the part about driving around that one tour with his wife and kids --

yes i agree -- it seems like it should've been a little more juicy... like he could easily go back and flesh it out with a hundred pages of GIG STORIES, couldn't he?

come on PHILLLLLL

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Apr 25, 2008 3:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books -- give it up Phil!

Unfortunately, I completely agree. As much as I am in the "Phil is God" camp, Phil's book is rudimentary at best. Way too light on substance and detail. For example, I am of the view that his six string modulus in December 1982 changed the way the band sounded and helped supplement the band's sound while Garcia took hisslide to the summer of 1986. Listen to the old timers review some of the pre-83 stuff and you will hear about the clean sound of the band that was replaced by a boomier one by 83. Secondly, what happened in early 89 that committed the band to the jam, slowed the music down and gave it considerable space. I hope Phil will write a follow up some day and elaborate.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 25, 2008 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books -- give it up Phil!

I enjoyed Phil's book a lot but wish he had gone a little deeper into "rating" if you will, the band's performances year to year.

For example, he gives short shrift to 1977, glossing over what many heads consider the band's finest year. To Phil's credit, he does mention that '77 was one of his "Heineken" years and he doesn't recall much beyond being very drunk most of the time...but that belies the tightness of the band's performances that year.

His book is top-heavy on the early years, and less informative on the middle ones, before getting back to the nitty gritty in the sad late years.

Still a good read, overall.